Pawan Kalyan (born as Kalyan Babu) is an Actor, Director who primarily works in Telugu Cinema. He is the younger brother of Hero-turned-Politician Chiranjeevi and Nagendrababu. Pawan Kalyan made his debut with not so successful Akkada Ammayi Ikkda Abbayi in 1996. The actor established himself with Gokulamlo Seetha and Suswagatham. The success of Tholi Prema (1998) in which he plays a nonchalant youngster changed the fortunes of the actor and he rose to stardom and in no time. Pawan Kalyan has become the stylish icon among the youth and his success streak followed by few more blockbusters Thammudu, Badri and Kushi making him the impending Superstar.
Post the super success of Kushi, the actor has taken a brief gap and directed Johny in which he plays the estranged youngster. Though the movie won the critical acclaim, termed as a commercial disaster and the biggest lean patch continued for over a decade in Pawan’s career. Despite having no single hit in over a decade, Pawan Kalyan’s nonpareil stardom remained intact and he bounced back strongly with Gabbar Singh, a remake to Salman Khan’s Dabangg. He holds the record of two industry hits Kushi (2001) and Atharintiki Daredi (2013). Pawan Kalyan is trained in Martial Arts and holds Black Belt in Karate.
He has son Akira and Daughter Aadhya to his former wife and his co-star Renu Desai. His nephews Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Sai Dharam Tej, Varun Tej and Allu Sirish are leading heroes in Tollywood. Pawan Kalyan has won 1 Filmfare Award, 1 Hyderabad Times Film Award, 1 CineMAA Award, 1 SIIMA Award, 1 Santosham Award and 1 Margadarsi Big Telugu Entertainment Award. His most popular films include Tholiprema, Kushi, Jalsa, Gabbar Singh, Atharintiki Daredi and Gopala Gopala.
Pawan Kalyan founded the political party “Janasena” in March 2014 and he is currently an active participant in politics. In 2012, he donated Rs 500,000 to support Olympic sports shooter Rekha Chalichemala. In 2013, he reportedly donated Rs 2 million to the Natural Calamity Management Fund for those impacted by the floods at Uttarakhand. On 14 October 2014 he announced Rs. 5 million to the Chief Minister’s relief fund for taking up relief operations in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh. In 2004, a STAR India survey ranked Pawan Kalyan as one of the top 5 heroes of Indian Cinema.